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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Colorful Fall in Provence


Just when things were starting to get downright gloomy around here, the sun made a surprise appearance this morning and put everything right again - well, almost everything, considering there is a national strike today (grève) to protest an increase in the retirement age.  No buses, trains, or public transport - nada. And coincidentally, I had an individual lesson with a train conductor from SNCF (English lesson that is) which of course was cancelled. If I can get him to kick-in a TGV ticket, we'll call it even...


So with a free morning, I hit the road early to take a look around and do one of the things I like to do best - check out what's happening around town. I've found I simply can't get enough of the vivid colors of the markets, cafès, and even the bright tones of many houses in Provence.


And when I take some time to think about what makes living abroad so special for me, I always return to the "vibrancy" of Europe.  You might find some of these scenes in other countries, and for sure I have come across one or two pink Vespas in Italy...but when I stumble-upon these kind of "colorful", unexpected surprises, I can't help but smile.



So I continued past the markets, cafés, and the lady offering the first of the season's cade, a oven-fired Provençal savory cake made from chickpeas, and I headed back home.  Of course there were a few pit-stops to be made along the way - I mean how can you not stop when face-to-face with a green & purple door? Or sprigs of purple & orange flowers climbing over a wall...love it.

Strike or no strike, I was very happy to find there's a lot more color to enjoy during a Provençal fall then the changing of the leaves. That, and the fact I snagged a few good-looking croissants for the trip home..long walk & all...



12 comments:

  1. Mmm, yes the sun made an appearance today and has put a smile on my face.

    I just happened by and saw a new post...didn't wait for the email notification.

    Yeah, D was supposed to go to Paris today. He cancelled his meeting because it would have been murder for him.

    Mmm, croissants...

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  2. There's so much color and vibrancy in Paris as well and it's often when I'm having the worst of days that I appreciate its beauty the most !

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  3. Thanks for the great comments ladies, I really did have a *wonderful* morning wandering about..
    Tanya, glad you got a bit of sunshine too, makes a world of difference. Agree, sure Paris would have been crazy for D!
    Lindsey, I imagine that you get struck be the beauty of Paris everyday, lucky girl :)
    Shauna, thanks for stopping by & for the sweet comment! xx

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  4. Lovely photos! I can see you on the pink Vespa, scarf flying in the breeze :)

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  5. I want to have a drink at Le Cosmopolitan! As long as they had parking for my pink vespa of course! x
    (I think I'm putting pink vespa on my Xmas list)

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  6. lol, Think I'll add it to my list as well...plus a matching pink scarf of course, trés French!

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  7. Love this blog almost as much as I love France. I live in Quercy Blanc in a little place called Montcuq.

    Are you on Survive France ? If you are not I really think that you should be.

    Gina Hams

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  8. Ohhh, I love this! What a delightful way to spend an unexpectedly free day. :-) That pink vespa is fabulous and I simply adore European doors. :-)

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  9. Thanks, Gina, that's a really great compliment...considering I probably love France as much as you do, I'm quite excited you like the blog so much :) I'll for sure look into Survive France - sounds like just the kind of thing I'd be into, merci!
    Glad you liked the post Krista, I know you've traveled all over Europe, so you can really appreciate the beauty of the colors as well, thanks for the comment :)

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  10. Tuula, Thank you for sending me some beautiful colors from France on this very gloomy overcast day here in California.

    I really needed something to brighten my day!

    Maria

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  11. Bit late to the party here- but scrolling through your blog I was delighted to find these shots.

    The colours are incredible! Good find!

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